Eating Tacos de Trompo at El Agave Azul

Tacos de trompo, five to an order.
Tacos de trompo, five to an order.
John Linn

What are tacos de trompo? Basically, it's another name for tacos al pastor. The "trompo" refers to a spinning top, which is not unlike the gyro-like spindle al pastor is typically cooked on. The meat is shredded off the spindle and layered into tacos with onions and cilantro. Add a squirt of lime and maybe a splash of salsa or two, and you're off to the races.

The version of tacos de trompo I had at El Agave Azul featured big

chunks of ancho-flavored pork piled high into small little corn

tortillas. Each taco was no bigger than two or three bites, but they

come five to an per order instead of the usual three. That makes an

order ($6.49) very sharable for a table of hungry eaters.

I ate my tacos inside El Agave Azul, but the newish spot in west Davie

is barely bigger than a shoebox. There's one table wedged inside next

to the counter your order at, and two just outside the front door. Most

of the space inside is taken up by the open kitchen. You can watch the

Mexican tias prepare your food right as you order it. Even though the

lack of space makes the spot feel like a dive-y taco stand, everything

inside is impeccably clean and the staff is very talkative and friendly.

A sope de chicharron topped with beans, cheese, lettuce, and fried pork.
A sope de chicharron topped with beans, cheese, lettuce, and fried pork.

El Agave Azul has over a dozen other guisados (taco fillings) aside

from the trompo, including chicharron (fried pork), fajitas, asado de

pollo (chicken with ancho sauce), and nopalitos (cactus paddle).

Individual tacos cost around $2, tostadas $3, and burritos $6.50. You

can also get sopes, which are sort of like tostadas served on fat,

fried corn tortillas, for $2 a pop.

For those out west, El Agave Azul is very inexpensive place to sate your authentic taco fix. We'll have more on it soon.

El Agave Azul

13040 W. State Road 84, Davie 33325


Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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13040 Route 84
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